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Unity: 'We'll make a terabit chip by 2014'

DRendar

So...

Put two chips in your drive then... or two, or four, or 100

DDR Memory sticks tend to have 8 or 16 chips on them

Hard disks usually have several platters.

Crack open a 500GiB SSD and you'll find a damn sight more than one chip in there.

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Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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Coat

New here huh?

As title.

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Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

DRendar
Coat

You buy parts from the dealer?

You made of money?

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BOFH: No, the Fabinocci sequence

DRendar
WTF?

"The 3-finger salute is something you traditionally give to a WINDOWS(tm) box not a Linux box "

Actually it's a generic PC thing - 3 finger salute works during POST too you know - it wasn't invented by M$

Every Linux box I've used for the past 10 Years+ has had CTRL-ALT-DEL mapped to either "shutdown -h now" or "shutdown -r now"

Saves you having to logon see.

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Ford unwraps Evos cloud-connected concept car

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Alert

Cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud blah blah Bleugh!

s/cloud/internet/g

There, fixed it for you.

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Hey Commentards! [This title is optional]

DRendar
Holmes

Tough titties AC - don't be such a coward, and you get your pretty pictures back.

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DRendar
Headmaster

"and a block for all comments containing "could of"? Please."

ABSOLUTELY AGREE.

Also a way to block people for the incorrect use of:

their / there / they're

too / to / two

its / it's

How about a grammar down-vote button? Get 100 of these and you have to suffer a "This poster is a moron" icon on all posts for 1 month!

I'm not talking about people who obviously don't have English as a first language - that's acceptable.

Oh, and people who say "I could care less" should just be shot on the spot.

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DRendar
WTF?

Feature request

El Reg, could you PLEASE stop automatically turning line breaks in comments into paragraph breaks?

It is highly annoying when you want to list a couple of things in a comment:

Like this

and this

any this too

and each item has one line-break turned into two... I mean WHY!?

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End of UK local dialling in sight as numbers run out

DRendar
WTF?

Not everywhere

For example, Scarborough (01723) spans quite a few exchanges, including 3 or 4 in Scarborough itself, Filey and Hunmanby, plus several outlying ones.

You can still dial the 6 digits from anywhere within the 01723 area and get that number.

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DRendar

Ahh

I thought he meant running the ADSL by connecting it to a DAC adapter like you can with a fax / 56k modem.

I can see how it may work with a BRI (but not ADSL2 surely?), but a PRI? For one thing it doesn't use the same wires as PSTN / ISDN2.

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DRendar
Boffin

Not quite

Velv: "You simply dial the last 6 (or 7 for some cities) digits."

Actually in several large cities, including London, Cardiff & Southampton, it's a 3 digit area code, with an 8 digit number.

I think N.I is now one big area code now too.. 027 or 028... I don't remember.

I wouldn't be surprised if the place that this story refers to simply moves to a 3Digit area code instead.

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DRendar

Same in Cardiff.

Cardiff Area code is 029, not 02920 as most blithering idiots think.

This causes people to think that you have to dial the full 11 digits, instead of just the local 8.

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DRendar
Stop

Not possible

You can't put ADSL over an ISDN line, PRI or otherwise.

ADSL works over PSTN because it uses frequencies which are mostly outside the range of human hearing, and the microfilters deal with any overlap.

A PRI channel has only 64k of bandwidth available to it, it doesn't have the available frequency overhead that is required for an ADSL connection.

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Ice Cream Sandwich Android out 'by November'

DRendar

'merkin perchance?

"My android phone keeps rather good time - it's synced to the GSM/3G time"

I'm guessing you're a 'merkin then. Android has a form of timesync in the shape of NITZ, which is what you are obviously using in the US. However in the UK, as in much of the world, we don't have NITZ.

Google developers don't seem to realise that NITZ is not available everywhere.

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DRendar

Nice

At least I hope so. But what i want to know is will Google finally start listening to their customers and start integrating or allowing critical features such as:

IPSec VPN Support

Accurate time settings (You currently can't set the time seconds)

Timesync (NTP) / Allow user apps to set system time (With user authorisation)

System Proxy Settings

WORKING AND RELIABLE BLUETOOTH VOICE DIALING (Honestly, seriously - it's a fucking phone OS and you can't reliably voice dial)

Google Docs support

and many more that THOUSANDS of Android users have requested and are summarily ignored.

Take a look at http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/list?can=1&q=&sort=-stars

It's an eye-opener, and one that Google should be ashamed of.

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VW Scirocco BlueMotion Technology TDI 140

DRendar
WTF?

Hmmm

I'm sorry that you were in an accident, but I call BS on this.

If you were on the road, then it wasn't deserted. And if it was dry and straight, how did he not see you? Were you driving in the middle lane, doing 40 without your lights on at night?

And even if you *were* doing 40MPH on a deserted motorway - this is a dangerous speed, as you're doing between 50-60% of the speed of most traffic and if he then hit you at 80MPH then it's extremely unlikely that you'd walk away with barely a scratch. Was the Porche a write-off? Was he killed?

Or are you saying you were doing 70MPH, and therefore he hit you at 140MPH?

So lets assume you're telling the truth - the reason for the accident is one of the two of you were driving like a nob.

Speed, and speed alone, doesn't cause accidents - bad driving causes accidents. If the accident happened at 90, then it will have happened at 70 as well.

Why do you people not reply in-thread? Is it so that people won't notice your 'reply', not respond and so it looks like you won the argument?

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DRendar
Boffin

Yankdar

My Yankdar is going off again.

You must have been in Valencia in the 1980s. Modern Diesels are quiet and refined with only a hint of rattle. There is no way that you heard a new S-Class over the sound of your own engine - none - zlich. Unless you were riding a bicycle. Or he was doing 80MPH in second gear.

The new small 1.2l - 1.6l TDi engines do rattle a fair bit - especially the Bluemotion ones but not the 2-4l power houses they put in high end Mercs/VAG/Beemers

Diesels have more torque, lower CO2 emissions*, Less Tax (VED) for equivalent Power, WAY better fuel consumption**, last longer ***, can run on nearly anything****, and retain their value for longer*****. What's not to like?

* yes yes they have higher NO2 among other things, but when you take into account that a diesel will probably have an on-the-road life nearly double that of an equivalent petrol, and the pollution caused by the manufacture of that second petrol car - well you get the idea.

** Even taking the higher cost of Diesel into account - yes

*** Yes the servicing is slightly more expensive - but not massively so like some make out - and as I've said - the car will last probably twice as long.

***** Just not the French ones...

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DRendar
Mushroom

@Anonymous Twit

"-there is a hint that the reviewer drove above the speed limit. If the review was conducted in the UK, that is an admission of guilt which ought to interest the police."

STFU you middle lane hogging git. (I'm assuming a bit there - but the MO fits)

He doesn't state where he drove - but for all you know it could have been on a deserted, dry, straight motorway. Still technically illegal, but hurting no-one.

"-fuel economy suffers from aggressive acceleration and driving above 70mph, both of which this vehicle appears to emphasise"

Not always - my 03 Golf TDi gets better MPG at 85 than at 70.

And I'd much prefer a car with more accelerating potential in the 40 - 90MPH range - all the better for overtaking YOU doing 45 MPH on a 50 road.

For one thing it is a damn sight safer to be able to put your foot down and get past someone before the 18Wheeler runs you down.

-all "green" cars take up as much space as "brown" cars.

And you take up as much space as the next person - what's your point?

"-the overall CO2 footprint of the VW/Audi/Seat/Skoda portfolio is pretty weak. Yes, they hype their bluemotion, but BMW have made far better progress in reducing their average CO2 emission rate than VAG have. The BlueMotion product line is essentially there to look eco-smug -at a premium- rather than fix the efficiency of the total fleet."

They've made better PROGRESS, that doesn't make it better overall.

That's because BMW have only just (<10 years) started making smaller, more efficient cars... i.e. 1 Series and Mini. VAG always have made smaller cars, and so their only improvements are to existing lines.

If Bugatti suddenly added a 1-series Efficient-Dynamics type car to their lineup, then their PROGRESS would be vastly better than the two wouldn't it?

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DRendar
Boffin

Not all of them.

The Polo definitely is, the old (mk5) Golf definitely wasn't... Not sure about the new one without consulting the big G.

Basically any car with CO2 emissions < 100g/km is free - although that is likely to change.

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Range Rover Evoque Si4

DRendar

Yep

I already clarified my frenzied spittle covered comment above. In the thread.

Why didn't you click reply so that your comment was added to the thread?

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DRendar
Coffee/keyboard

New Keyboard Please!

"What should have you spluttering your post-shoot brandy into your 'tash is the 2-wheel drive diesel edition."

Love it. Genius :-)

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DRendar
Facepalm

3Dr Landies

Yes, sorry I should have clarified - of course landies have come in 3dr before... Hell my Step Dad has a classic 3Dr SWB. LOL

I was referring more to it being a 3Dr Coupe.

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DRendar
Megaphone

Kerb Weight / Towing capability?

Considering that the only feasible excuse for buying one of these is to tow something, where are the Kerb Weight and Towing tests?

Can it pull a horse box for example? And are there any decent Diesel engines - other than the 2WD one you mentioned?

I'm of a mixed feeling about this vehicle... I feel extremely patriotic about LandRover - they are incredible 4x4 vehicles - probably the best in the world, but it makes me mad when they are driven by inconsiderate twats who only use them for driving Quentin and Chardonnay to school, where they block the road and have never so much as driven though a puddle during their existence.

A 3 door Range Rover? For fucks sake....

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Sony prices up PlayStation telly for UK

DRendar

Yep

I have a 24" on my work PC - it 'aint all that big nowadays

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Apple changed shape of Galaxy Tab in court filing

DRendar
FAIL

@ AC: Widescreen

"Widescreen came about because t.v.'s were using the same 4:3 aspect ratio that films were using. To distinguish itself from television and maintaining it's market, the film industry began to move to widescreen. It also began to expand the use of colour."

What a load of bollocks.

The 4:3 ratio came about because it was the widest ratio that was possible with the technology at the time (Early CRT). If they had had the tech back then it would have been a wider ratio right from the get go - the reason for widescreen is that human vision is about that proportion.

It is far easier to get widescreen ratio using a projector than with a CRT, which is why cinema went that way first.

Don't just make stuff up - it makes you look like a twat.

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Hauppauge Colossus HD PCIe card

DRendar
Stop

Sledgehammers and nuts.

Surely you'd be better simply connecting your console to a second input on the screen, or if it doesn't have one, using a £10 HDMI / DVI switch.

Or were you referring to playing your console in a window on your desktop, which I would have thought would be an awful experience.

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Motorola Xoom gets Android 3.1

DRendar
Terminator

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Motorola... Released... an update?

DOES NOT COMPUTE!!!

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Google points finger at human after robo car accident

DRendar
Coffee/keyboard

Land Shark

I hope the Land Shark has lasers too... Surgically implanted in its head of course.

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DRendar
Trollface

@NixKnacks It's called IRONY dimwit.

Woah - my Yank-dar just went crazy.

Here's a tip: .co.uk means this is a UK site, and that means Satire, Irony and other forms of humour will be used.

That article - for el'Reg - was actually EXTREMELY factual, with hardly any opinions at all.

The comment at the end was IRONY - go look it up, numbskull.

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Rogue character space tripped Scottish exam results

DRendar
Flame

hmmmm

Better that they look like they're of 'Win95 vintage' (which they don't) than have THAT FUCKING RIBBON!!!!

AAAAAAAAARGHHH!!!!!!!!

</screaming ab-dabs>

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DRendar

Not necessary

What they should have done is set the column type correctly... excel would have automatically discarded the space then...

Either that or they should have stored the bloody information in a proper database, instead of glorified electronic graph paper.

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Toyota tech to steer cars round jaywalkers

DRendar

Noise

He's probably making reference to the noise that comes from his 1l bike - i.e. a lot.

Unless you were being deliberately facetious - in which case - LOLz

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

DRendar
Paris Hilton

You're using a Cisco GUI!?

Be a man and use the CLI you wuss.

No self respecting Cisco Engineer uses the GUI (except where there's no other option - e.g. ACS </digress>

Paris, cos she loves graphically interfacing.

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Lexus CT200h hybrid

DRendar
Alert

Correct Wheel Drive

Forgive me, but are you referring to the 1-series being Rear Wheel Drive?

These are great fun to drive hard (and is great for track days) but as soon as you get a bit of snow it's fecking useless without snow chains.

Last winter, with only a single exception, every tailback / incident that I saw was caused by either BMWs, Mercs or other RWD vehicles which had zero grip and were trying to drive in the snow.

One incident on the M4 Eastbound near Newport was caused by a woman in a CLK who got stuck on a 10% incline and couldn't get moving again, she was just spinning in the middle lane with her rear-end waving from side to side like a disgruntled moggy. This caused a 20 mile tailback of Stationary traffic which lasted for over 6 hours. (One of my work colleagues was stuck in it on his way home, I was going West - smiling quietly to myself.)

For gods sake all you Beemer and Merc (and other RWD vehicles) - this winter, either buy snowchains/socks, get a 1/2 tonne of ballast in your boot, or please, stay the fuck off the road.

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DRendar
Flame

@Anonymous Twit

Really?

Seriously?

How many Common rail or PD engined Diesel engines were there in the 1980s? Ummmm NONE

And do you think that the corrosive and poisonous chemicals released during the manufacture of those batteries is any better? Don't listen to the American Oil Companies - they lie more than politicians... Well considering most US politicians are OWNed by them that's unsurprising.

And the Diesel engine was invented in the 1890's by the way.

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DRendar
Boffin

@TeeCee

I will NOT!

I R boffin damnit (Although more BOFHin than Boffin nowadays :-)

You are correct that the Ampera does now partially connect the generator to the planetary gear system - but only at 'high speed' (what that means exactly hasn't been stated)

The Ampera will happily go from 0 to 60 without any direct linkage, and will drive on electric only up to 80Km with using a single drop of dino juice.

--"In certain areas HSD is rather better than the GM tech as it can actually recharge the battery using the engine, something the Volt/Ampera does not do if reports are to be believed (if so, WHY?). "

I'm afraid those reports are wrong... It does recharge the battery, but doesn't - by design - charge it past a certain limit - the reason is that generating electricity from dino-juice is more expensive, both in money and CO2 than from the grid. If electrical energy is needed that isn't available in the battery then it will fire up, but why burn money recharging the battery any more than it needs to?

I can see your point about fleet drivers never plugging the thing in, but you can come up with scenarios that make anything look uneconomical... If I drive my Golf at 80MPH in 3rd gear with the A/C on full and the windows down, I'll get shit economy too.

Or for a better example - I bet most of those A4s and 5-Series drive around with Sport Mode switched on constantly too.

I direct you to the Ampera blog - which while very much self-serving (obviously) is extremely interesting reading, and explains many of the design decisions they've taken.

http://opel-ampera.com/wp_en/

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DRendar
Boffin

Meh

Parallel hybrids are so last decade.

Plus they have fuel economy comparable / inferior (in some cases) to Diesel, VERY questionable eco-credentials, and are just too bloody heavy and complicated.

Waiting to see what the Serial Hybrids (Sorry - Extended Range EV) will be like thanks... Bring on the Ampera!

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Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

DRendar
Headmaster

@ flybert

" I could care less that it mightbe requiredtobe @sales.nikeorwww.nike or shoes.nike to resolve"

You mean you COULDN'T care less.

What you said means the opposite of what you mean.

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Alice: The Madness Returns

DRendar

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

Hehehe

Come now - if I was a young'un I wouldn't be bothered 'cos I'd just be getting it off bittorrent.

I've been gaming since the early 80's on nearly every platform that's been in existence, and to me - 15 Hours just isn't that long. Hell - you could make Chuckie Egg last more than 15 hours!!

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DRendar
WTF?

A long Game?

"Looking for your money's worth? Well, Alice Madness Returns is a long game, and I can see most people taking longer than 15 hours to complete."

15 hours is a long Game? Seriously?

So not even a weekend's heavy gaming then... I'll wait till it's on budget release thanks.

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Naratte launches ultrasonic contactless payments

DRendar
Thumb Up

Sooooo....

Sooooo, it's an old fashioned Modem then, just working in the HF band with air as the transmission medium instead of rickety old BT copper cable.

Pretty sure there's going to be some prior art floating around that!

A clever idea though... good on 'em.... will be interested to see how the security implications will behandled though.

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IATA: this iPad could BRING DOWN A PLANE

DRendar
Thumb Up

Holy Crap

An IMB reference...

I like.

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NEC outs spintronics content-addressable memory tech

DRendar
Boffin

Assumptions

You are assuming 1Cell = 1Bit

You may be correct, but I highly doubt it... This is arguably an early implementation of Quantum Tech... and previous news stories have talked about the possibility of using this tech not just to store binary on/off 1/0 values, but much more.

Even being able to store values between 0-255 per cell (8 bits binary equiv) brings the power consumption down to a much more manageable 10 MW/Gig ;-)

Anyhoo... the cell doesn't require power at all times - only when reading and writing.

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Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'

DRendar
FAIL

It can't possibly have been a significant victory...

Virtually no Americans were involved, and we all know they won the war for us.

</satire>

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Apple bars WinXP users from iCloud

DRendar

I actually totally agree with your sentiment

But for crying out loud.... It's "COULDN'T CARE LESS"

What you said means the opposite of what you mean.

And please quit dragging the icons into the text field, all it does is add the URL.

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Micron streaks away with PCIe flash

DRendar
Thumb Up

RAID

Hehe - Yeah you could, but you'd need mega space, and like you say - power to drive it - which means more heat, and more fans etc.

Does anyone know the answer to my original Q? Does this appear to the PC BIOS as a drive / array or not?

I want to know, as my palm reader told me I'm going to win the Euro-Millions this week and I've no reason not to believe her.

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DRendar
Boffin

So when I win the lottery...

Can I just bung one of these in my Desktop, and install Windows7 / Ubuntu as if it were a SATA drive, or does it require a host OS to drive it?

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Sony unveils PlayStation telly

DRendar
Headmaster

Title

and the passenger can watch THEIR TV or video at the same time

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Apple uncloaks top 10 tools of iOS 5

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Nokia finally gives Ovi brand a mercy bullet

DRendar

Google Maps Navigation is no better

Try driving from the M1 (South of Sheffield) to Scarborough... As any local knows, the quickest way is M1, M18, M62 East, then Howden, Driffield and follow your nose.

Google Maps spent an hour insisting that I needed to make a U-turn to go all the way over to York to get on the A64. All the while the estimated arrival time was going up and up. When it finally gave in and re-routed they way I was going, the arrival time dropped by over 90 minutes!!

I only really have it set up and running for the giggle factor, and the estimated arrival time is usually fairly accurate - handy for telling family when you will arrive.

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